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Yes, definitely. It’s not at all true that you get what you pay for, but my expectation is that the higher price will mandate a high quality product in return or else why am I forking over the money for it? These expectations do not impact the rating in my review, but you’ll see my commentary and/or disappointment when a pricey product really flounders or if a budget-friendly product is good in so many ways that maybe it’s still worth looking at despite one setback. Higher price means there is no room for error, but a lower price means it can be easier to settle for an imperfection or two.

— Christine

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L’Oreal Smoldering Plum Infallible Eyeshadow

L'Oreal Smoldering Plum Infallible Eyeshadow
L’Oreal Smoldering Plum Infallible Eyeshadow

A Very Sultry, Smoldering Plum

L’Oreal Smoldering Plum Infallible Eyeshadow ($7.95 for 0.12 oz.) is a deep, dark, and wickedly intense red-toned burgundy purple with a subtle frosted sheen. It’s a more intense versino of Urban Decay Rockstar. MAC Young Punk is purpler, less burgundy. MAC Dynamic Duo 4 is reminiscent, but less red-toned and matte. MAC Indian Ink is a matte version. Giorgio Armani #2 is slightly richer, blacker, and has red and blue-violet shimmer–so it translates a bit differently. Giorgio Armani #3 has a very reflective sheen that’s more silvery–the purple is a bit grayer, less red-toned.

I love the intensity of this shade, and it even had a fair amount of darkness even when applied dry.  It’s definitely smoother and richer-looking when applied damp/wet, though, but what’s worth noting is that the color will stay that intense even after it dries so long as you use a damp brush to apply the color initially.  The texture is soft, smooth, and finely-milled. It’s not dry at all, and it really has that creamy-powdery feel that’s a hallmark of the L’Oreal Infallible/Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense ranges.

Smoldering Plum wore very well–a solid twelve hours without fading or creasing. The newest released shades seem to have a lot better wear than a couple of the other shades I had tried previously (notably, Perpetual Purple, which was more like a perpetual disappointment).

For a comparison against Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Intense, please see this post. As a quick summary, L’Oreal’s colors can be less nuanced/have less depth, and then the wear seems to be a little more inconsistent with L’Oreal (some wearing fantastically, others creasing/fading more rapidly). The way I look at it (assuming you wear primer, because then the wear is usually fine), the more the merrier!  There doesn’t seem to be a lot of overlap between the color ranges, though–they’re not putting out dupes so much as different shades in a similar formula.

9.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
98%
Total

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Free for Haul Friday, Volume #143

Welcome to Free For Haul Friday!

  • Haul:  Chanel’s Nordstrom exclusive collection, a few L’Oreal Infallibles
  • Weekend plans:  My family and Shaun’s family are meeting each other for the first time at a BBQ at our house. Should be interesting!
  • What’s your favorite type of accessory?:  Earrings 🙂

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This week’s Mellan photo…


Mellan’s about to get his work out on!

I love Hourglass’ eyeshadow duos in Suede and Gypsy for really quick and easy eye looks that are soft, brightening, and slightly contoured. Paired with low-key brown eyeliner and a more natural mascara (like Buxom Lash), eyes are awake and noticeable but not too dramatic. I’d opt for a soft blush like Benefit Sugarbomb or Korres’ Natural for cheeks, and then a lipstick with a natural sheen – likely a MLBB shade like MAC Sweetie.

— Christine

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